The Expressman and the Detective

Allan PINKERTON (1819 - 1884)

Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), a Scotsman by birth and a barrel-maker by trade, settled in Chicago in its infancy and founded the Pinkertons, the world's first detective agency. Though events associated with the agency after his death have tarnished the name, Pinkerton himself was one of the original human rights advocates. He was a dear friend to John Brown, an advisor to Abraham Lincoln, and 80 years ahead of his time in hiring female detectives. He was also stubborn, irascible, and an egomaniac.

The Expressman and the Detective (1874) is Pinkerton's first attempt at putting his real-life experiences into novel form. Though many later works attributed to Pinkerton are understood to have been ghostwritten, this is the work of the man the London Times calls "a man at once deeply admirable and quite obnoxious." (Summary by Pete Williams)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

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Play 00 00 - Preface Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 01 01 - Chapter I Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 02 02 - Chapter II Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 03 03 - Chapter III Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 04 04 - Chapter IV Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 05 05 - Chapter V Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 06 06 - Chapter VI Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 07 07 - Chapter VII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 08 08 - Chapter VIII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 09 09 - Chapter IX Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 10 10 - Chapter X Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 11 11 - Chapter XI Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 12 12 - Chapter XII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 13 13 - Chapter XIII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 14 14 - Chapter XIV Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 15 15 - Chapter XV Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 16 16 - Chapter XVI Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 17 17 - Chapter XVII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 18 18 - Chapter XVIII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 19 19 - Chapter XIX Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 20 20 - Chapter XX Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 21 21 - Chapter XXI Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 22 22 - Chapter XXII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 23 23 - Chapter XXIII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 24 24 - Chapter XXIV Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 25 25 - Chapter XXV Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 26 26 - Chapter XXVI Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 27 27 - Chapter XXVII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 28 28 - Chapter XXVIII Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 29 29 - Chapter XXIX Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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Play 30 30 - Chapter XXX Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
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